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    • Avent Steam Steriliser / Nursing / 4 Readings / 16 Ratings
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      This steriliser was bought when I had my first child and has lasted right through to now and I am using it for my third child. It was fairly inexpensive at £29.99 when I bought it. It is designed for the Avent bottles although you can put other bottles, dummy's and beakers in it. If you do though the amount of bottles etc you can put in at a time will vary. It has space for 6 Avent bottles (unless you have the trainer handles still on them then you will fit in 5, although I just take them off) Then after putting the bottles in you put the teats and lids on an extra rack that sits on top of the bottles. You then put on the lid. However, I should add that right at the bottom of all these items is the space for the water so you should really add that first. The reason for this is so that you can make sure that you fill it to no less than the minimum line and no more than the maximum line. Once all has been set you are ready to sterilise, you push the button down (of course remember to plug the unit into the electricity supply) and away you go. You can walk away and leave it if you want to. It takes just a few minutes. You know when it is done as the light above the switch will go out. It is wise as this is a steam steriliser to wait for it to cool down before removing a bottle for use. And of course you should keep the unit away from little hands as they could be badly burned if the hot steam came into contact with their fingers. The fact that this unit has lasted me so long is a good advert for it in itself but that it is so easy to use is also what is so good about it. You should sterilise your babie's bottles until they are at least 8 months (according to my gp)However, if you want to help avoid those bugs that cause so many problems you can continue if you wish. Although I might add once the child is on the move there are alot of bugs they can pick up just from crawling around the floor. There is also
      a theory that if you sterilise everything too much that your child will not have a chance to build up their immune system before hitting the bug ridden schools (and I mean by that the general coughs and colds they catch at school). Please do not take that as you shouldn't ever sterilise because young babies just need that help for a slow build up to immunity. If they were to catch bugs when very young it is alot harder to treat them as they are so small. The unit does have to be descaled with citric acid, you are given about six months supply when you buy the unit. I telephoned avent (number on leaflet in box) and ordered more as I carried on using the product for my other children. Another good point about this unit is that you can leave the bottles in the unit for 24 hours before having to sterilise them again. Very handy for those with breastfed babies that just need the odd bottle during a day. My sister whom is a bit older than me used the sterilising tablets for her older children and for the younger this steriliser. She said there is no comparison, she would use this unit every time. She did have a bad experience where someone gave her daughter a bottle with the milton tablet still inside and she had to be taken to hospital. The person was not aware that the bottle was being sterilised and it wasn't until after her daughter had drank the bottle they realised. Luckily she was fine but it is something extra to worry about when using other units. I would still recommend this unit to anyone asking. I prefer the Avent bottles too, so what better to sterilise them with but the steriliser made by the same company!

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      • Lemsip / Coughs, Colds & Flus / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        I couldn't find these on the site so thought the best place to put them would be under Lemsip as they are makers of this new product. I have seen these advertised in various magazines and in the shops. I was a bit wary about buying them mainly because of the price which when I purchased them last night was £2.46 in Tesco's. I did as you have now discovered give in and buy a packet of them. The reason for this change of heart was mainly because I was desperate to get some sleep. My three year old daughter has a terrible cold which has been going on since the beginning of the week. She has a runny nose and a terrible cough. I am unable to use vapour rub on her as she suffers with ecxema and has a flair up everytime I use it on her. I had been using Karvol capsuls but they didn't las the whole night and my daughter moves all around her bed and sometimes is out of reach of the vapours. These new patches however, were a godsend! And I am so glad that I bought them. They are stickers with Eucalyptus Oil and Camphor on them. The directions for use are to ensure the aplication area is dry. Remove one patch from its pouch shortly before use. Remove the transparent liner and place the product on the selected aplication area. The product should be asecurely attached to the clothes, a safe distance from the face, with the best application area being the clothing of the upper chest. I followed the instructions and as my daughter can be very whiney when ill I told her that it was a special sticker as she was a special girl. This ensured that she didn't want to take the sticker off again. Last night was the best night I have had all week. She didn't cough once, or sniff once. That was until she woke and got up as the sticker had worn out! It does clearly state on the pack that these shouldn't be used on people allergic to any ingredients or if asthmatic or if they are under 2 years old. So I couldn
        't use them on my eldest son who is asthmatic or my 8 month daughter. They were ideal for what I needed them for. My daughter got a good night and a nice break from her cough. I must say at this point that her cough has been brought on by the runny nose and the snot for want of a better word going down the back of her throat and producing a tickle. These are quite expensive at £2.46 as you only get five patches. But then I should hope you wouldn't need any more than that for one cold as they usually don't drag on for more than a week unless other medication is required. I did get my daughter checked by a doctor today just incase and it was just a simple cold. So plenty of fluids, sleep and tonight if needed another vapo patch!

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        • Huggies Little Swimmers / Baby Care / 0 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          18.10.2002 22:02
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          I have three children. And apart from certain makes of re-usable nappies I don't remember there being disposable swim nappies when I had my first two. Perhaps I just didn't spot them in the shops. I remember taking my son (now almost 6) and my daughter (now 3 and a half) at a very young age. And whilst they loved swimming trips, I was always very nervous about the extra's that might end up floating in the pool. I was extremely lucky that everytime I went we did not have an accident. I would have been mortified! I was brave as I am sure that lots of other mothers have been and took them in just their swimming costumes. When my third child another girl was born in February I received the usual bounty pack from the hospital. Inside was an advert for the Huggies Little Swimmers. I at first thought that they would not be any good and that they would be simmilar to normal nappies and fill up and go all big and saggy, when put into water. I did decide to try them and bought a pack for £4.99 in my local Tesco's store. There were 12 in a pack and there are various sizes. I bought the UNISEX - SMALL which is 16-26lb or 7-12kg. As they are unisex you get the luck of the draw with the colours. My friend got Pinky/Purple ones, whereas mine were blue. Great fun for me as my daughter has hardly any hair and even when wearing a flowered dress people say Ahhhh isn't he lovely! I took them to my local swimming pool and found them ok. They are very difficult to get on. I do have a baby with a chubby bottom but even so because they are like pull up nappies rather than velcro fastening it makes it very difficult to get them on a young baby. With older babies or children you can put them over the feet. Pick the child up and then pull them up like pants or knickers. To do this however, with a young baby with wobbly head and wobbly legs is not as easy as it may seem especially when the nappy comes up tight. Once on they fit quite well and snug. I cannot say that they would stop any urine from entering the pool, it does say on the packet that it has leak guards to help stop leaks. I am not so sure but they would certainly stop any number two's from going for a float about! Then came the getting them off again! It says on the packet that it has tear away sides for easy removal. I can't say that it was that easy but they did tear in the end. I think the price is very fair considering you get 12 swims for that price. They don't swell up and you can put a costume over the top of them. They are fairly good but I wouldn't say they were fantastic. They are only on for a short time though and do there job. I would buy them again just for piece of mind. The main good point about these swim nappies is the fact mum's and dad's can take a baby swimming without the fear of an accident.

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          • Shrek (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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            15.10.2002 22:59
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            You've never met a hero quite like Shrek is how the dvd box intro starts. I couldn't agree more. I seen this in the cinema with my husband and kids and couldn't wait for it to come out on video or DVD so that we could continue our laughter at home. I have been disappointed in many of the animated childrens films that have arrived on the big screen in the past couple of years. But this one was to reassure me that the good ole funny animated film was back. I waited patiently for the film to come out and sent hubby out. First of all he bought the video much to my disappointment (not for the kids but me) as I knew that with DVD's you get alot more for your money. We put the video on and it was terrible quality, jumping all over the screen. He took it back and paid the extra few pounds for the DVD copy. It was much better and so much more on it. As with alot of DVD's you get bonus material. With Shrek this included the following: Shrek's ReVoice Studio (DVD ROM): Record your voice over your favourite characters and star in entire scenes! Interactive Games: Character Morph, Decorate the Gingerbread Man, Trivia Game. Hilarious Character Interviews Filmmakers' Commentary The Tech of Shrek International Dubbing Featurette Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party Animated Menus Production of Notes, Cas and Crew Bios I particularly found the Karoke and Character Morph funny. The kids Loved decorating the Gingerbread man! Now getting onto the film. For those that still have not seen it, it is about a King (King Farquaad, played by John Lithgow) who wants a bride in order to become more popular and the best King. The Magic Mirror show's him several brides which he may choose one of them being Princess Fiona (voice by Cameron Diaz). However, in order to marry her, he first has to rescue her from a castle guarded by a dragon. Many others had tried and been
            killed. So being the coward he is he decided to find another to do the job for him. He comes across Shrek (played by Mike Myers)and Shrek gets the job. Shrek wanted all the fairy tail folk away from his swamp that the king had banished and the king wanted the princess so they both had to do a deal. Shrek has befriended a talking donkey (voice of Eddy Murphy) who tags along on the very funny journey. They find the princess, rescue her and bring her back to the king but she has a secret of her own which Shrek will find out. I will not tell as it will spoil viewing for those that have not yet seen it. There are many funny scenes which have both adult and child humour in them. I remember at the cinema many of the adults laughing when the children were not. The total running time is 2 hrs and 13mins approx. It is well worth the extra money. I will seriously consider purchasing this again for christmas presents. It provides such great value.

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            • Wilkinsons / Highstreet Shopping / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              14.10.2002 20:18
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              I have shopped in Wilkinsons many times but when I went to my local store yesterday I came out feeling like I had got the biggest bargains in town. I had noticed that my two daughters were low on clothes and as it is nearing christmas I am low on cash. I decided to have a look around the town and all the stores were showing prices roughly the same. My eldest daughter who is 3 and a half but wears age five clothes needed jumpers desperately and my baby daughter who is 8 months and wearing 12-18month clothes also needed outfits desperately. I had kept all my eldest's clothes but found that as the baby is much bigger she is wearing the size clothes that my eldest had in the summer and unless something strange happens I don't think the weather will be quite warm enough for little dresses! I went into wilkinsons last as I remembered that they sold childrens and adults clothing last time I had visited. I had not looked at the selection properly so wasn't prepared for what I was about to find. I got my eldest some jumpers at £3.99 each (compared with similar style and quality in other shops at £13.99) and my baby two outfits for around £6.00 each (compared with £14.99 upwards in other shops) I was pleased with my selection and decided to have a look around the rest of the store. Wilkinsons caters for the family very much they had a large selection of toys at much lower prices than anywhere else. They had toiletries and perfumes at low prices. I also bought some new Pampers Kandoo wipes for the toilet that were priced at just £1.79 a box. They are well over £2 in most other shops. Their baby wipes are about £1 cheaper too. My store also sells decorating equipment, homewear, pet foods toys, baby items such as prams, cards for all occasions at 49p each, books and sweets. I am sure I must have missed something out as the store is packed with goodies. The other good thing about this store is they take Visa and m
              any other cards. I have found in the past with cheap shops they ask for cash only. This is much easier for me as I use a debit card and never carry cash with me. (I spend it quicker) The staff are very friendly in my store too and you are able to get through the checkouts fairly quickly as they have many of them always staffed unlike some stores. I will certainly be going back there when my son or two daughters are in need of extra clothing or anything else. Which reminds me of something I had forgotten, they also sell stationery at low prices. Ideal for those with children at school! And they are currently selling a wide range of christmas decorations! Again at affordable prices. If you haven't been and you have a store near you, go and have a look round it. I am sure you won't come out empty handed especially if you are a mother on a budget!

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              • The Sims (Classic Game) / Archive Game / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                14.10.2002 19:52
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                I had seen this game on the shelves at my local pc store many times and not been very interested in it at all. It seemed a bit like a tedious game where you would build buildings and get people to do all the boring things that you have to do yourself in your daily life. That was until a friend lent me a copy. She had just bought the expansion pack and said I could borrow her game for a while. Well I wasn't that interested even after she assured me I would be hooked. It sat on the shelf for about a week until one evening. The kids were in bed and there was as usual nothing on television. I decided to give it a go. Then at 3.30am I decided I had to drag myself away from the screen and go to bed. Yes it had me hooked straight away. It is a very clever idea and keeps you attached to your pc for hours. The first thing you have to do once you have installed the game is to choose a family. You can choose one of the ready made families on the disc or create your own. Each family is allowed so much money to start with and even though there is a huge mansion house with a Pool you can't buy that until they have worked and earnt enough money to buy it. They are given $20,000 and to buy the mansion it is about $50,000. Once you have your family you then have to choose somewhere for them to live. You can choose one of the houses already there or buy a plot of land and build your own. Don't become to ambitious to start with though as you will find you have no money left and no food for your family. You then have to find the adults work. If you have bought them a pc you can look there or just get the paper that is delivered every morning. Children have to be ready for school when the bus arrives to take them and also adults have to be ready when their car picks them up for work. Bills have to be paid. Adults have to learn many skills including cooking or they will burn the kitchen down and as I found with my first f
                amily kill the parents. NOT a nice thing to happen. They have to be kept happy, fed, given somewhere to sleep, make friends and socialise. They also need to play. Doing all of these things for The sims is what keeps you hooked. I found myself saying I will just get them all dinner and then switch off and then I would find that they needed the loo or a shower or bed. Before you know it it is the early hours of the morning. There are many more things you can do with this game and you can also buy many expansion packs to add on and do extra things. Such as a HOT DATE pack or HOLIDAY pack. It can be bought in many pc shops and I have also seen it on amazon for £34.99. Some of the expansion packs can be bought there too either at full price or a discounted price for used copies. I don't know what the quality of these is like though. The Navigation around the town is easy enough although it isn't a huge place. Moving the sims around their homes is fairly easy once you have learnt to click on them first before telling them where to go. The Graphics are fairly average but it is not the sort of game that requires fantastic graphics. I think the only thing that annoyed me about this game is the sound. The music can become a bit irritating and the voices of the sims too. You have to look at little picture bubbles coming from their mouths to determine if they are happy or not as the sound that comes from them sounds foreign or their own language. However, on saying that if they were talking they probably would have limited vocabulary and that would become quite annoying too. I have to say that for someone who was not attracted to this game when seen on the shop shelf would say after playing it that it is a very good addictive game. It certainly didn't leave me bored. I have had to return the copy I borrowed now and will have to buy a copy of my own as I need something to keep me amused when the evenings are too
                quiet! I know I should get out more I can hear you all shout but with three kids in the house and only a small supply of babysitters and money it is the perfect way for me to relax. If you haven't tried this game you must!

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                • MB Games Guess Who? / Board Game / 1 Reading / 8 Ratings
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                  I bought this for my son last year as he kept on and on about it after playing it at school. Yes school. Would you believe that this game is actually educational for young children. It helps them to develop awareness of how people look. Hand and eye co-ordination is also another part of child development that is helped when playing this game and it is also a game that requires some thought in order to win. If you don't know the game then I will explain below how it works. You have two players and each player has a board with lots of characters on it (pictures and names on flip up sections) You then each take a card with a character on it. Obviously you need to flip down the character you have. You then take it in turns to ask questions for example does your person wear glasses, or have blue eyes or a bald head. And turning down those that do not match the answers given by the opponent. Until you are left with a character and you can guess who your opponent has. My son loves the game although he was five when I bought it and did have some trouble to start with figuring out which characters to put down and which to keep up! I didn't realise when I bought it that it is for six years and up. I assumed it was for his age as they had used the game at school on an end of term day. He is very good at the game now though and I find that he beats me regularly! His favourite question being does yours have a big nose. Some of the characters do look funny. I have also found that it has helped my son identify names as each picture has the characters name printed underneath it. You can buy this game in most good toy shops. I got mine in Argos for under £10. I believe Woolworths also sell it.

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                  • Next / Highstreet Shopping / 1 Reading / 5 Ratings
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                    I have always liked Next for their clothes, even more so since I have had children. I am now a proud owner of a Next Directory and use it often. It is true that you have to pay a couple of pounds for your directory and their is a £2.95 charge for delivery. But that is one charge per delivery not item. There is also free returns to take into account and next day delivery! No more waiting for nearly a month, like you do with some other catalogues. Also it really is shopping for high street items in the comfort of your own home, as everything they sell in their shops is available in their catalogue and more. The childrens clothing is very reasonable in price. I find that Next are actually cheaper than some other high street stores and the quality and style of the clothing is much better. I also like the fact that in the baby sizes they offer a 6-9 month size and a 9-12 month size unlike some other stores. The 6-12 month size is very irritating as you can see how much a baby grows in six months and yet they are all expected to fit into the same size clothes. I have used the directory many times and never had any problems with delivery. A courier delivers your items (if in stock) to your home the next day if you order before 4pm and you can choose between am or pm deliveries. If you wish you can have items delivered free to the nearest Next store. The womens fashion can be a little dearer but is very good quality and washes well again and again. They sell underwear, maternity wear and accessories. Also at christmas time you are sent a christmas book which has extra items and gift pages. The gifts are different to those seen everywhere else and again reasonably priced. My husband likes the menswear too and regularly will get his shoes from them as he knows that they will last and do not age as quickly as some other stores footwear. Another good service that Next offer is flower delivery. I have used th
                    is service and found it to be just as efficient as Interflora and the presentation of the flowers was lovely. They have clearly stated prices and pictures of the arrangements in their catalogues with a £2.95 delivery charge. I would also like to say that from the flowers I had sent the arrangements were very much like the pictures which is something that has not been the case when I have used other companies. You can choose to pay straight away when you order or you can receive a statement every month and pay the full amount or a minimum amount with interest. This is the time when some people may run into trouble. It is all too easy to order alot and then find that it is too much to pay straight away and having to pay interest. In my opinion you shouldn't let this happen as the apr can be quite high. A friend of mine found she was only paying the interest off and ended up paying way over the odds for her goods. But then you can get the same problem with many catalogues. That is after all how they earn most of their money! You can pay in many ways, over the phone, by cheque, by internet. And you can even order over the internet and check your account balance. I am a fan of this catalogue and would use them again. I would also recomend them to anyone who can not get carried away with the ordering. It is so easy!

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                    • amazon.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                      I had not really bought much online before using amazon.co.uk about a week ago. I had used tesco's online shopping but that was about it. I went to look for a video that has been an all time favourate of my mum's and a friend recommended that I try amazon as I had no luck in the shops. I went to their website. Used their search engine, typed in the name of the video and there it was on my screen. It gave a detailed description of the video, with the price. It also offered the opportunity to by it second hand if I wanted to. I added it to my shopping basket, went to the checkout and gave my details with my card number. The screen that came up then carefully explained the price and the vat and postage charges that were applicable. It then offered me the chance to check all details before completing the sale. All of this was done on a secure page, so I felt quite safe giving such details over. I was then asked to give an email address and password for my new account. Having the account is good too as it gives you the opportunity to track your order and to see what sort of things you have ordered in the past and gives you ideas for new purchases that may interest you. My order arrived two days after I placed it. It was delivered by the postman and was in a nicely secure and strong parcel. I have to say that it was the easiest way I have ever spent my money. This site not only sells videos, but dvd's books and many other products. I would certainly use them again. It was so much easier than trundling around the shops looking for something and then perhaps having to order it as it wasn't stocked any more. I will be using Amazon again!

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                      • Blade II (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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                        When my husband rented this film last week, I didn't fancy watching it. I had seen the first one and although I found it really good. I didn't think that the second would be anything really special. After all second films can tend to be a bit disappointing. I did however, sit down and watch Blade 2 and found it to be one of the best films I have seen in months. It is not for those who do not like the sight of blood. And it is very fast so if you blink you may miss something. But those who starred in the film did extremely well. Luke Goss was very good, I remember thinking when first hearing he had landed a role in this film that they must have been desperate. A member of an old boy band that had flopped after about one album back in the late eighty's now in an action thriller. The two do not usually mix. Wesley Snipes was exceptional but then I don't think I have seen a bad film of his anyway. The film is a follow on from the first, which of course you would expect. Wesley Snipes (Blade) is still half vampire and half human or daywalker as they are named in this film. He still continues to inject himself in order to stop from being a complete vampire. He also still chases and kills vampires making that his main aim in life. The only difference in this film is that he decides, upon request of the vampires to join with them and hunt down a new kind of vampire. One that is ultra strong. He is told by the vampire's that these new ones are those that have caught a virus and even feed off of vampires and not just daywalkers. Blade then teams up with a group of vampires that had originally been trained to hunt and kill him. They then go in search of these new strain vampires. I will not tell you any more about the plot or storyline as it will spoil your own viewing. I can only say that it is non stop action packed with fantastic special effects and for someone who didn't fancy watching it in
                        the first place I was hooked and didn't take my eyes off the tellivision from start to finish. I would recomend this to anyone who likes action packed films but again would like to stess there is alot of blood in some scenes and shouldn't really be watched whilst eating your tea!

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                          This book was not as good as I expected it to be. It was again lent to me by a friend. Who buy’s many of these types of books. The words are by Mark McCrum and not Robbie himself, which makes it a bit disappointing. There are some quotes from Robbie but not many. Most of the book is like reading a diary. Mark McCrum comes across as if he is just writing what is happening whilst watching Robbie in action. Sounds very good I know but also very boring. There are none of the personal touches that you get with other books of this kind. It is a very hard book to get into and to be honest with you I read most of it but gave up in the end through bordom. There are many pictures of Robbie Williams throughout the book again adding to the fact it is more like a diary from a fan than anything else. The pictures are good ones but many have little relevance to what you are reading. Which can cause some confusion and I believe that this is one of the factors that make the book hard to read. I am a fan of Robbie Williams. Not just because of his looks and yes I do feel he is good looking but because I feel that since leaving Take That (of whom I was not a fan), he has shown himself to be very adaptable and able to sing a variety of different types of music. I am not a fan usually of swing music but his recent concert, which was shown on television before Christmas was very good. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it when usually I am used to listening to his rock type music. This book, to me let him down a little. You expect to hear more of his views and not someone else’s. It comes across as if Mark McCrum is just writing what Robbie would like fans to see. Mostly the good things. There are of course the bad points and Robbie’s addiction to drugs and alcohol are included but don’t really give a true idea of what was causing the problems etc. I am sure many people will have read this book and enjo
                          yed it but it certainly wasn’t for me. If I read a biography of any type I like it to be a bit more open and less confusing.

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                          • Marriage - Is it outdated? / Discussion / 0 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                            Is marriage out of date? Well I personally don’t think so. Marriage is a sign that two people love and trust each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. I do feel however, that it is not something that should be rushed into. After all so many marriages end in divorce now. You could say that divorce is on the increase because it is more available now than it was 30 years ago. But that cannot be given as the only reason. Many people rush into marriage now as they feel that it is a good idea. Women and men have changed over the years. Women are not all stay at home housewives and mothers. Many want careers and to start a family later in the marriage if at all. There are a lot of men that feel the same. Years ago many people married young and were expected to start a family very quickly and the wife would give up work to look after them. Because this has now changed so much I believe that many relationships fail. Not because we should all start families and give up work straight away but because couples don’t talk! Before you marry you should discuss what you both want for the future. Make sure you want the same things out of life and at the same time! People will often get engaged and discuss the matter of children and how many but forget all about the important timing. Then one or the other of the partners will take it that the family will be started straight away or not. Obviously there is a lot more to marriage and all factors should be discussed and agreed before marrying. After all what is the point in professing your love for someone and telling the world that you will stay with them for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health and till death do you part, if at the end of the day you are starting out with different intentions and ideas on life. There are many people that believe the idea of staying a virgin until you marry or only having one partner is very outdated and a s
                            tupid idea. After all they would say that you could find yourself marrying someone who does nothing for you in the bedroom. My argument to that is if you had only one partner how would you know how good it is elsewhere? Therefore, how could you be disappointed? It isn’t just sex. It is making love. If you are making love then you are with the person you love, whatever their faults. If you are genuinely in love then any problems either in or out of the bedroom are something that you should work at and work round. I can imagine that there are a lot of people out there who disagree with me as it is becoming more and more popular to have many partners before settling down. I have seen though with my own eyes that many of these people (people who I know well) have done the same and had more intimate relationships with many people then tried to settle down and marry. The marriages in all cases, yes all cases! Have failed. These people have the bug for moving and changing relationships and find it very hard when settled with one partner. Live can become very boring for them very quickly and as they are used to changing without ever solving the problems that have caused the boredom that is exactly what they do. They change or divorce. I am not totally naïve though and I do know that marriage is not for everyone. After all as human beings we are all different. I do know that some marriages do not work, as it can be impossible for them to work, for reasons such as abuse and neglect from the other partner. But many marriages could work if people tried harder or if people didn’t rush into them in the first place. I met my husband when I was fifteen and he was eighteen. We got engaged when I was seventeen. Many people said that we were too young. They asked me why I didn’t get out and see the world before settling down. In actual fact what they were suggesting was that I dump my fiancé go for a round the world tr
                            ip or live my life to the full then try and find someone else that I would love and marry. To me this was pointless as I loved my fiancé and he loved me so why not get out and see the world together as a couple. What difference would it make? And wouldn’t it be more fun living out this life with someone I cared for this much. Life is much more fun when you do something with someone else rather than on your own. We married when I was almost 21 and he was 23. Again many said that we were too young. But by that time we had been together for almost six years. Plenty of time to get to know each other and find out what we both wanted from life. So you can see it wasn’t rushed or a quick marriage after a short engagement. I had my first child when I was 22, my second when I was 24 and am expecting my third and most likely last now I am 27. We both decided long before marriage that we wanted children. We both knew that we didn’t want to rush straight into it but also did not want to wait a long time. I had a good job and went back to work after my first child but then mainly because of the cost of childcare gave up when having my second child. I am still young so feel that when my children are a little older I won’t have pushed myself out of the job market by being too old. My personal feeling was that if I waited and had a child in my 30’s then I would have problems finding work later as I would be that much older. Everyone is different in that respect though and I understand that. We have been married for 7 years this year. I am not saying it has been easy. We have had problems, with many things. Each other, money, and the children’s health. But we work at our marriage. We take time to talk to each other and sort out what is bothering us. No marriage is easy. It has to be worked at. To conclude, I feel that marriage is far from outdated. The majority of people would love to marry, not al
                            l in church or a registry office. This is now being changed to suit the ideals of many. Many people who do marry have rushed into it. Perhaps they should have been together a little longer before being able to marry. Although I don’t know how that would be proven. Also many people who marry end up in divorce because they run at the first sign of trouble. And it is true that the law has changed to make it far easier for these people to run whereas in the past they would have been made to work harder at it. Marriage is for life!

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                            • Ready Steady Cook / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                              11.02.2002 20:42
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                              This programme is a refreshing change from many of the other cookery programmes on our tv's today. It can't be that bad as my five year old son loves it. He comes home from school and after watching a little childrens tv he asks me to turn over to BBC2 to see if Ready Steady Cook has started. He likes the way they are always winding each other up and sometimes making mistakes. For a five year old this is very important as they should learn that not everyone is perfect. In fact no one is! At school they try to teach them that it is ok to make mistakes as long as you are learning from them. And to come home and see top chefs on television making mistakes and accidentally burning food makes all the difference. The programme, in case you haven't seen it is basically a competition between two well known chefs. It was originally hosted by Fern Britton but now it is hosted by Ainsley Harriot another well known chef. The two chefs have either a member of the public each or a well known celebrity each to help them. Each of these people brings a bag with selected items in that they themselves have bought in the shops. They are only allowed to spend £5.00 on the items in their bag. Once they have arrived on the set with the chefs the bags are tipped out and the chef has to decide what he is going to make with the ingredients he has been given. They then have a set amount of time to make the dishes and at the end the people/celebrities helping them get to try the food whilst the chef explains how he/she made the dishes. The audience then holds up cards to vote for the winner. One team is Red Tomatoes and the other Green Peppers. The winner usually gets a food voucher or money for a charity. It is good to see how the chefs come up with their ideas and make some fantastic dishes. The receipes are on Ceefax so the most adventurous of us in the public can recreate them! They have also recently added to the en
                              d of the show a part where both chefs are given the same ingredients and asked what they would make with them. The audience gets to choose the best idea and then that chef has to make the dish. This can then help you to realise that the same ingredients can go to make so many different things. This is a very funny and well thought out show. It has been running for a number of years now and I am sure that it will continue to be successful, especially if my son is not a minority!

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                                Well the title will explain how this book was for me! I was totally hooked from the first page. My friend lent me this book as she had finished it and thought it to be a good read. I wasn't sure at first if it would be my sort of book as before I had not read a biography. I also knew about Martin Kemp and remember Spandau Ballet but was just a little young to be one of the many young girls drooling over them. He starts the book by describing the scene when he first found about his brain tumours. He is so open and honest about his feelings that you almost get the impression you are there. Then just to throw you slightly he jumps back a few years to when he was younger and just starting out. Firstly he tells of the job he did when leaving school, how the band was formed and how he ended up by chance being one of the members. He then describes the mayhem of one minute being a normal human being going about your everyday life to then becoming a superstar and not being able to walk out of your parents house without being mobbed by young women. The book as I said before is very honest and deep. Not many people appear to be as open as he does, many famous people attempt desperately to hide what they have done in their private lives and what they are thinking in an attempt to stay the normal person they were before they hit the big time. Although, I do not condone the way the media hounds alot of the stars I do realise that many are just kidding themselves if they believe they can ever be normal again once they have hit our television screens. Martin Kemp illustrates very well how this effected him and the rest of the band, and many other pop stars of the time. They would hold their own private parties with drugs and alcohol readily available and it was the norm to all join in. It is my belief that many would enter this lifestyle and many still do just to get away from the life that is becoming too much
                                for them. The book also tells of the ups and downs of the relationship within the band and its members and of the reasons for their eventual split. Martin then tells more about his life threatening tumours and how he became a movie star with The Krays and then a star in Eastenders. It is a thrilling read and one that I would recommend. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope other biographys were as good.

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                                • Litter and Littering / Discussion / 0 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                                  30.01.2002 20:01
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                                  • "no clearup of rubbish"

                                  When I noticed this subject I couldn't resist putting across my view. I am sure that there are many of you out there who are not concerned with litter on our streets or feel that it is not a problem. Unfortunately, I don't agree! Where I live the litter problem has increased over the last couple of years. I live in the London Borough of Sutton who have received awards for the cleanliness of the area and for their recycling facilities. I would like to say that if they are getting awards for this rubbish tip area that I live in. I am glad that I don't live anywhere else. I regularly have to phone the council to ask them to clean my street. They used to appear every Monday morning without fail picking up rubbish. Now we are lucky to see them once a month. I live opposite a park and on the weekends we have many activities held there including childrens football. In this park there are two bins, one at each side. Of course many of these people do not believe in walking to the bin with their rubbish but just simply throw it to the ground. If they do put their litter in the bin the wind blows it out as there are no lids on the bins to prevent this from happening. So normally by Monday morning the rubbish from these events has blown into my street and quite often my front garden. When I phone the council they will come and clean my side of the street but not the other as that is the responsibility of the park patrol. So I then have to phone them to come out and clean their side of the street. It is so petty they all work for the council. It has improved slightly since the introduction of Wheelie bins a year ago but until recently we were only getting a fortnightly collection of household rubbish, leaving many households no option but to leave their bins overflowing or to put black sacks on the street next to the bins. These sacks get ripped by animals and cause more rubbish. After much ar
                                  gument the council have now decided to give us a weekly collection and that has improved matters. Unfortunately, for me I have a neighbour who cannot be bothered to wheel her bins into her garden after these collections (the bin men will only take the rubbish if the bins are left on the street, the morning of the due collection). By leaving her bins out and living opposite a park, which attracts teenagers (many whom are another form of animal). The bins are quite often turned over and rubbish spread up the street for a laugh! If residents were all of the same mind and realised that leaving these bins out caused such a problem, and the council decided to fulfil their duty to us and keep the area swept and clean I feel there wouldn't be such a problem. There are not enough lidded bins in parks and public areas so children and adults alike who are too lazy to take their rubbish with them quite happily just throw it to the ground. I am sure the council would spend less clearing up if they provided such bins and if children were taught more in schools and at home about the importance of using these bins. Many a time I have walked down by my local shops and had an empty drink carton or something similar which I have had to carry all the way home to place into the bin as there have been none available. This is not acceptable as many people just wouldn't do that. The neighbouring borough of Merton have recently been on the London Tonight News announcing a new scheme of prosecuting litter bugs. They have added more bins to their streets and have even added a £50 reward to those giving information about a litter bug. I am not sure how this would work and how you would get your money but at least they are trying. Other councils could take a leaf out of their book and think of ways to put a stop to this mess we are all living in. I personally hate living in squalor, rubbish attracts mice and rats and other infections
                                  . So why do people seem so keen on living in it. Hopefully one day the councils will see this point and get to work! After all we pay them enough!

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